|On the ground||1,500 Bells|
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|March to October||8am-11pm|
|Scientific name||Cicindela japonica|
|Family||Carabidae- Ground Beetles|
|Regional names|| Cicindèle |
- "I caught a tiger beetle! Who was really hunting whom?" —New Leaf
The tiger beetle (ハンミョウ, Hanmyou?) is a new addition to New Leaf. It is a skittish ground-dwelling Bug. It is slow moving at first but speeds up when approached carelessly. If ran past or if the net is swung in its vicinity it will immediately flee and disappear.
Donation to the museum
In New Leaf
An information board in the bug exhibit in the museum lists information about this bug.
"Tiger Beetles are known for their aggressive habits and fast running speed. Their bodies are rather colorful and reflect the sunshine, giving them a shimmery appearance. Tiger-Beetle larvae live in cylindrical burrows and capture insects that wander past with their mandibles."
The tiger beetle, true to its namesake, is a quick and aggressive hunter, with some species reaching speeds of up to nine kilometers (or about five and a half miles) per hour. The tiger beetle is so fast that when running it temporarily loses its vision--its eyes simply cannot register imagery at that speed, so the tiger beetle is forced to run in zig-zags to keep itself aware of its surroundings.